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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Wisconsin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Central Standard Crafthouse and Kitchen restaurant
4.7 (277)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
WE DO NOT OFFER FOOD SERVICE OR RESERVATIONS ON OUR ROOFTOP PATIO, THE AVIARY, WHICH IS "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE". We highly encourage you to make a reservation in the main dining room and then head up for a cocktail or two after!

Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, our Crafthouse & Kitchen is an experience like none other. Enjoy culinary creations from our scratch kitchen or just stop by for a few of our award winning cocktails created with Central Standard spirits.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Our waiter Jackson was very helpful in navigating the gluten free menu options. Thrilled to learn their fryer is completely gluten free and they have gluten free cheese curds! What more could you want?!
A photo of Third Street Tavern Milwaukee restaurant
4.6 (107)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Lunch - Happy Hour - Dinner - Late Night Drinks
Third Street Tavern is a corner bar with amazing thin smashed old fashioned burgers, cheese steaks, appetizers and classic video games.

Tavern features a premium bar, local craft beers, and a full cocktail list in a unique bar bar and grill atmosphere. Locals and tourists stop in for the burgers, handmade mozzarella sticks, Philly cheese steaks, classic arcade games and the vibrant late night scene.
Top review
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great place to eat the food was delicious. The service was good
A photo of Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria restaurant
4.5 (776)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Blue Bat Kitchen finds inspiration in the energy and flavors of street food around the globe. We feature fresh, global street food in a relaxed and fun environment that pairs perfectly with Milwaukee’s very first Tequilaria. Over 160 Tequilas to try plus, Tacos, Bowls, Snacks, Salads and more await!
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Food, drinks and service were excellent. We will be back.
A photo of Union House Cedarburg restaurant
4.4 (132)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
A small-town business with a city vibe. Located in Downtown Historic Cedarburg, WI.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
This was a great place.......never been before and food and service were outstanding. Prices were extremely reasonable and just a neat, unique place and location here in Wisconsin. Highly recommend. We will be going back!!
A photo of Highland House restaurant
4.4 (104)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Where you're always on vacation!

The Highland House located in Mequon, Wisconsin has earned the reputation as the place to go on the North Shore for any and all occasions. The food is a blend of California, Caribbean and Mexican influences. It’s a casual and fun atmosphere with a colorful and unique décor. Voted Milwaukee’s Best Margaritas and known for great food at a great price.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Lunch was very good, waiter was attentive but not bothersome. Always a good meal, only downside was yelling kids but it wasn’t horrible!
A photo of J. Leinenkugel's Barrel Yard restaurant
4.3 (70)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard at American Family Field is set to open in April of 2023. The working brewery features specialty beer brewed onsite by the Master Brewers at Leinenkugel’s, as well as a full-service bar and restaurant experience in one of the most premier locations of the ballpark, overlooking left field at American Family Field.
Top review
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
All staff was so nice! Food was good but kind of expensive for what it is.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Wauwatosa restaurant
4.2 (190)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.
Top review
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Our server Katie was sweet, attentive, knowledgeable. She asked right away if we had any food allergies, asked if it was a special occasion, got a tiny bowl of water for our service dog and was an all around asset to the restaurant. I’d like to see the three sauces that used to get mixed at the table for chicken lettuce wraps come back. The honey shrimp was spicier than I remember it. The experience was repeatable because of our outstanding service. Thanks Katie!
A photo of Boat House Pub & Eatery restaurant
4.1 (67)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Ahoy, mateys! Ready for an unforgettable dining experience? Set sail for flavor at The Boat House, Kenosha's premier lakefront restaurant. Be mesmerized by stunning water views as you savor a menu crafted by Executive Chef David Schwartz.

Dive into a culinary adventure of mouthwatering steaks, sensational seafood, freshly shucked oysters, crisp salads, juicy grilled burgers, crispy flatbreads, delicious wraps & sandwiches, and unbeatable pub grub to hit the spot! We are the home of the Legendary Fish Fry: Voted Kenosha's #1 Hometown Favorite!

Quench your thirst! Our bar boasts craft cocktails that will surprise and delight, cold beers to refresh, our signature Long Island Iced Teas in over 15 incredible flavors!

Please Note: We kindly request guests to arrive within 15 minutes of their reservation time. To ensure a smooth dining experience for all our guests, reservations may be released if the party hasn't arrived within 15 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
Staffing people were nice service was pretty good even though they were swamped. Food was okay. Overall as I said it was average
A photo of East Town Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4 (503)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Conveniently located on Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee Street, East Town Kitchen & Bar offers a classic menu, approachable vibe, and one of the best whiskey lists in all of Wisconsin. Come join us in our restaurant for dinner and locally-loved craft beers and cocktails!
Top review
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Our waiter was awesome. Very friendly & attentive. Out of all the drinks I wanted which was weird. We were there at 5:30 on a Saturday. Was not busy when we arrived. 3-4 bevs off the menu were unavailable. Food was good, ceaser salad was brown and soggy. Everything else was great.
A photo of Wisconsin Brew Pub - Kalahari restaurant
4 (13)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Celebrate all things Wisconsin at the family-friendly eatery, Wisconsin Brew Pub. Indulge in amazing food like classic Wisconsin cheese curds, local Wisconsin beers, craft cocktails and more. See you there!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Went to Wisconsin Brew Pub and it was not full so expected the service and meal to be good. Was very happy with the service, but the tater tots that came out were rock hard and inedible. The baked potato was good, but it had been sitting there for quite some time as it was cold. The hamburger ordered was good as well as the Caesar salad. Not sure if they have a new cooking staff, but they may want to tighten up on expediting.
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